A University of New Mexico open space that is regarded by many as nothing more than a thoroughfare for getting from one place to the other could see a major redevelopment this fall.
The multi-level Smith Plaza, between the school’s Student Union Building and the Zimmerman Library, is open and airy, but according to its critics, lacks any real function.
Campus input meetings held earlier this year indicated that the space should have more of a community feel, with outdoor seating and lounge areas.
An emphasis was also placed on making the space more Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, improving its lighting, and possibly reconfiguring a semi-circular ramp off to the edge of the plaza.
Altogether, the project is expected to cost $3 million, money that will be paid for out of the school’s institutional bonds.
By Garry Boulard
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